The Another Day cycle was commissioned in 2019 by Canadian Art Song Project and Jeunesses Musicales Canada for the Jeunesses Musicales Canada 2019-2020 Maureen Forrester recital tour. Due to the pandemic, the planned tour had to be cancelled, so CASP and JMC have collaborated to premiere the new work on video.
This third and final commission for the Maureen Forrester Prize is inspired by the poetry of children reflecting on the experiences of refugees. In 2009 the UNHCR Toronto office (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) and COSTI Immigrant Services organized the first Refugees and Human Rights Child and Youth Poetry Contest in commemoration of World Refugee Day. Several years of winning poems were published in a collection entitled “A Book of Poems: Expressions from our Youth”. Composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte sets six of these poems in this powerful work.